Considerations of and for the Online Learner

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Confessions of a MOOC Cynic

I’m back at uni for the new term and delving into the next assessment, which requires us to identify, enter, and evaluate an online learning community. Although the remit refers to undertaking an online short course, the definite steer seems to be to take a MOOC. This appears to be down to the three elementsContinue reading “Confessions of a MOOC Cynic”

Final Thoughts

I began this blog at the start of term in January 2021, which coincided with the second lockdown. In January, I was in a significantly different place to where I am now; we returned to home schooling, this time with less support from my husband due to his new job, I was summoned for juryContinue reading “Final Thoughts”

The Power of Feedback

Discussions around pedagogy tend to focus on assessments and less on feedback. Of course, assessment represents one form of feedback and feedback touches on so many aspects of teaching and learning, that any digital transformation project – like the one at my now-former employer, the accountancy training institute – must keep approaches to feedback centralContinue reading “The Power of Feedback”

Who is the Future Student?

This past week, the last of our class’ group-led seminars kicked off along with a topic I’ve been anticipating all trimester: what’s next for online education and who is the future student? The group leaders included an interesting paper from Selwyn et al (2020) where social science fiction highlighted the possible unforeseen consequences of adaptingContinue reading “Who is the Future Student?”

Why Blogging Matters

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip and prolific blogger, wrote: “blogging is like work, but without co-workers thwarting you at every turn.” Adams has identified the affordances of blogging, writing to reach readers but without the parameters of traditional published work. This blog was started as part of my SBOSE course and so,Continue reading “Why Blogging Matters”

The High Stakes of Group Work

Many years ago, when I undertook my teaching qualification, I incorporated group work into my lesson planning. Discussion and dialogue were central to teaching English but the students in my all boys’ secondary school were generally reluctant to air their views on Langston Hughes or Robert Frost in front of peers. Equally, they struggled toContinue reading “The High Stakes of Group Work”

Education without Borders

This has been a week of transition. I’ve now transitioned back from being course leader to student. The experience of leading a unit was challenging but I enjoyed working with my group and I feel as though I learned a lot from the experience. I particularly enjoyed collaborating, putting each of our individual skills intoContinue reading “Education without Borders”

Digital for Beginners…and We’re All Beginners

The idea of digital tribalism – the distinction between digital native and digital immigrant – is something I’ve blindly accepted but not actively considered. Given digital literacy is central to considerations of student support online, I thought I’d investigate the origins of the terminology that surrounds it. Marc Prensky, who coined the term digital nativeContinue reading “Digital for Beginners…and We’re All Beginners”

Arbiters of Information

This week, I discovered an essay by Eli M. Noam (1996) entitled Electronics and the Dim Future of the University. Although not the most heartening read for anyone in HE, Noam’s vision of technology’s impact on universities is nevertheless insightful . He presents the traditional university model – a model that remained undisrupted for centuriesContinue reading “Arbiters of Information”

Student Expectations

When I was student many years ago, I remember filling out an evaluation form in the final class. We were invited to comment on our teacher, our programme, the way assessments were delivered, all sorts of things. However, I never remember being asked if I felt the course had successfully nurtured social presence, a senseContinue reading “Student Expectations”


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